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Poster: Jeff Gannon Date: Dec 28, 2006 7:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: I like Brother Esau

that's all I have to say about that

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 28, 2006 8:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Me three.

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Poster: BahHumbug Date: Dec 28, 2006 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Hey man, I like Brother Esau as well. Shadowboxing the apocalypse and all that...

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Poster: dyermaker81 Date: Dec 28, 2006 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

I like Sister Christian

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 28, 2006 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

LOL! That song provides the best scene in Boogie Nights where the dufus is sitting in front of a pile of coke singing that song.

btw - I had Brad Gillis' ( Night Ranger ) Death of a Salesman book ( he had it years prior )in high school. Hows THAT for worthless brush with worthless fame although he did play with Ozzy the tour after Randy Rhoads dies so he must not sucked as much as the rest of that band

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 28, 2006 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Kind of an odd tune in that it just showed up for a while, then slipped into obscurity. Also odd that it was only released initially as the B-side to the Touch of Grey single. But what a great song.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Dec 28, 2006 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

One of my favorite Bobby songs ever since got added into the mix. I've gotten tons of different ideas about its "meaning" (as if the same is fixed and constant for any piece of music/art. Food for thought at:
http://arts.ucsc.edu/gdead/AGDL/esau.html

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Poster: Ssag Date: Dec 28, 2006 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Good stuff I think the bottom reply is more true to what the song means and not the Alamont theory. Weir/Barlow's stuff always fascinated me more lyrically in the sense it was more political as opposed to the rest of the band's stuff. Its a great song that some complained about but everyone seems to bitch about Bob on some level. I on the other hand I missed it when it disappeared from the set lists all together along with Lost/Saint. I got to see a few Brother Esaus and Lost Saints so, that will have to do me.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 28, 2006 10:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

And I, for one, have had it up to here with so-called Dead Heads jumping some kind of anti-Weir bandwagon. Think what a void there would be in the entire Grateful Dead picture without him: no Sugar Magnolia, no Playin' in the Band, no Jack Straw, etc. etc. Like anybody, he could have his bad days at the office, but on his good days, the man could deliver the goods!

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Dec 28, 2006 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Amen to that, Bryan. Weir was as crucial a part of the band as anyone. The man is one of the finest rhythm guitarists on the planet. Without Bob it just wouldn't have been the Grateful Dead.

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Poster: Ssag Date: Dec 28, 2006 11:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Spoken well. He's quite the guitarist. I will admit most of my favorite tunes are his or covers he did. My friends used to playfully tool me about being a Bobby head. I never understood it either he was a part of the band in a major way. He was the rocker but so what, I love rock and roll. I don't know if I like his current take on live music but he has a point it is their's to do a they see fit not mine the complain about.

Have you all check out that Brother Esau I was talking about in the earlier thread.....plain sick I mean plain sick. I have it blaring on the stereo as I write this at like at a million decibals. Ahh to be on vacation and no one else home.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 28, 2006 9:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

No joke! There were a whole bunch of people who just seemed to hate Weir and by extension every tune he came up with- including Esau, which I thought was one of his absolute best short songs, covers or otherwise. "Why does it suck?" "Because Bobby is cheesy." "But what's that got to do with the song?" "Oh come on man, I mean, it's Weir..." And so on.

I'm not sure I really want to imagine a GD without an "Estimated Prophet"...

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 29, 2006 8:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

"I'm not sure I really want to imagine a GD without an "Estimated Prophet"..."

WORD!!!!

agree with all of ya on your bobby comments. i'd always be working up a serious sweat during his rockin tunes at a show.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 29, 2006 8:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

As far as I'm concerned, all those Weir haters can go hang out at Nickelback shows or something, and let the rest of us appreciate a guy who deserves our admiration.

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Poster: Ssag Date: Dec 28, 2006 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Youn like Bro Esau then I suggest listening to this.

Grateful Dead Live at Club Front - Rehearsals on 1983-03-14

Absolutely sick

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 28, 2006 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

I as well. Especially 87 when Brent was firing up that organ

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Dec 28, 2006 12:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Other than G-SET, Esau might be my favorite Bobby tune ever. I think it's brilliant.

Which lines do folks prefer, the earlier "Esau he's on roller skates today/selling real estate to someone in LA"

Or the later "esau skates on mirrors anymore/and greets his pale reflection at the door"?

neither make much sense but i prefer the latter.

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Poster: Ssag Date: Dec 28, 2006 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

Has to be the first or original lyrics. Makes more sense and continuity with what happen to Esau as he grew older. He sold out or shook off his Vietnam demons and become a member of society. Or at least that what I think it means.

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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: Dec 28, 2006 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: I like Brother Esau

"I would say the blame is mine, but I suspected something worse"

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